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    Tuesday Night Baseball Central

    Baseball RESULTS
    Arkansas 6, Mississippi Valley State 0
    Nebraska-Omaha at Mizzou (Postponed)
    Vanderbilt 4, Lipscomb 1
    Florida State 2, Florida 1
    South Carolina 3, College of Charleston 1
    Tennessee Tech at Tennessee (Cancelled)
    Clemson 9, Georgia 1
    Troy 11, Auburn 2
    UAB 1, Alabama 0
    LSU 14, Tulane 1
    Mississippi State 13, Austin Peay 5
    Texas A&M 7, UT-Arlington 0


    Arkansas Blanks Mississippi Valley State

    FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 13 University of Arkansas baseball team recorded its fifth shutout of the season on Saturday as the Razorbacks blanked Mississippi Valley State, 6-0, on Tuesday at Baum Stadium.
     
    The win improves the Razorbacks to 18-7 on the year, while the Delta Devils drop to 3-22.
     
    Arkansas got strong pitching on the day as four Razorback pitchers combined to two hit the Delta Devils. Freshman Colin Poché got the start and the win for Arkansas, improving to 3-0 on the year. Poché pitched four innings, allowing no hits and tying a season high with six strikeouts. Trey Killian and Trent Daniel each worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, while Chris Oliver closed the game by tossing a shutout inning.
     
    Trey Lacy took the loss for Mississippi Valley State, falling to 0-3. He allowed four runs on fifth hits through five innings. 
     
    Jean Ramirez led the Razorbacks at the plate, recording the first three hits of his collegiate career. Ramirez also had two runs scored and one RBI. Brett McAfee had two hits, while Dominic Ficociello hit his first homer of the season. 
     
    Ramirez got the first hit of the day by lining a single up the middle in the third inning for the first hit of his collegiate career. With two outs, Jordan Farris hit a deep drive to center field. The ball went off the center fielder’s glove for an E8, scoring Ramirez from first and putting Arkansas into the lead. 
        
    After Poche again retired the side in the top of the fourth, Arkansas added to their lead in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Ficociello launched his first home run of the year over the left center field wall. The home run was the 11th of Ficociello’s career, the most career home runs of any active Razorback. With two outs, Matt Vinson hit a grounder to the second baseman, but an error kept the inning alive. Isaac Hellbusch made the Delta Devils pay, hitting a shot into the right centerfield gap for a double that scored Vinson. 
        
    In the bottom of the fifth, Brett McAfee and Farris singled to give the Razorbacks runners at the corners with no one out. Joe Serrano lifted a fly ball into right field, plating a runner with the sacrifice fly. 
        
    In the bottom half of the seventh, Arkansas added two more runs. Ramirez led off by lining a double down the left field line, and McAfee reached on an infield single. Farris grounded into a fielder’s choice, scoring the fifth run of the day. With two outs, Tyler Spoon laced one over the right fielder, plating McAfee for an RBI double. 
        
    Oliver came on to pitch the ninth inning, and he closed out the shutout. After giving up a leadoff walk, Oliver retired the next three batters he faced to finish off the win.
     
    The Razorbacks face Mississippi Valley State again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park in N. Little Rock, Ark. Senior left hander Tyler Wright (0-0, 0.00) will take the mound for the Razorbacks, while the Delta Devils are scheduled to throw right hander Montana Killier (1-4, 5.50). Limited general admission tickets remain for Wednesday’s game. General admission tickets are $12 and include all berms, bleachers and standing room. Tickets can be purchased online at www.travs.com, in person at the Dickey-Stephens Park box office or over the phone at (501) 664-1555.



    Mizzou vs. Nebraska-Omaha Pushed to Wednesday

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - After the Mid-Missouri area was once again hit with snow over the weekend, the Mizzou baseball program has again adjusted its home schedule this week as it will now play Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday (March 27) at 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played tomorrow (March 26) at 2 p.m.
     
    For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball. 



    Vanderbilt Runs Past Lipscomb

    Nashville, Tenn. - No. 3 Vanderbilt manufactured some early offense to beat cross-town rival Lipscomb 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at a chilly Hawkins Field. 
     
    With temperatures in the 30s for the eighth time this season at Hawkins Field the Commodores (22-4) had to produce their own heat on offense. After the Bisons (9-17) scored a run in the second inning the Vandy offense warmed up to take the lead in the third. Chris Harvey led off the frame with a double and moved to third on Tony Kemp's single to left-center field. Conrad Gregor's sacrifice fly tied the game and Kemp scored one batter later on a balk to put the Dores up for good. 
     
    In the fourth with the bases loaded the Commodores pushed another run across with a triple steal. With the left-handed Mike Yastrzemski in the batter's box and Lipscomb's right-handed pitcher Jacob Knott on the mound, freshman Xavier Turner took off from third and slid in ahead of the tag to steal home with Jack Lupo and Kemp swiping third and second to complete the triple steal. The triple steal is the first for the Dores since the SEC Tournament last spring against Florida. 
     
    Freshman Tyler Ferguson (2-0) worked 4.2 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win. The outing was Ferguson's first since March 5 vs. Eastern Illinois but the freshman showed little signs of rust, allowing no runs and striking out three. T.J. Pecoraro made his first appearance since February 17 pitching two innings. The right-hander allowed one run on one hit and three walks before being lifted for Ferguson. Brian Miller finished off the victory tossing 2.1 scoreless innings for his eighth save. The three Vandy hurlers combined to hold the Bisons to just two hits. Knott took the loss for Lipscomb giving up three runs on three hits and five walks over 4.2 innings. 
     
    For the third straight game the VU defense made no errors and improved to 11-0 this season when not committing an error. The game also marked the 10th time this season Vanderbilt pitchers have held opposing teams to one run or less. 
     
    The Commodores return to Southeastern Conference action this weekend at Hawkins Field when Tennessee visits Nashville. The Dores and Volunteers play Friday night at 6:30 p.m., Saturday night at 6 p.m. on CSS and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. 



    Florida Falls in Jacksonville to Rival Florida State

    Sophomore Giovanny Alfonzo came through with a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift No. 4 Florida State (23-2) to a 2-1 victory over Florida (11-15) on Tuesday night in front of 9,269 fans at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Seminoles have taken the first two meetings between the Sunshine State rivals and the teams will wrap up the season series in Tallahassee on April 9.
     
    Sophomore Jose Brizuela opened the home part of the eighth with a double into the right-field corner and went to third when freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (0-2) was charged with a balk. Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) relieved Young, who worked a career-high four innings with a personal-best five strikeouts, and had junior pinch hitter Casey Smit ground out to first base, holding the runner at third. Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen and caught senior Seth Miller looking on strikes for the second out. However, Alfonzo legged out an infield single to shortstop that brought home Brizuela with the eventual winning run. FSU junior Robby Coles worked a perfect ninth to collect his fifth save and nail down the win for redshirt junior Gage Smith (3-0), who threw one pitch in the eighth inning.
     
    The Seminoles had loaded the bases with none out in the first inning against freshman Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) and took a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Josh Delph led off with a double into left field and went to third on an infield single by junior Marcus Davis (2-for-4). Freshman DJ Stewart was hit by a pitch to fill the bags and Simpson countered with back-to-back strikeouts of redshirt junior Stephen McGee and Brizuela. After sophomore John Nogowski drew a walk after a nine-pitch at bat to bring across Delph with the game’s opening run, Simpson had Miller fly out to right field to strand the runners.
     
    Florida answered with the tying run in the top of the second on a two-out RBI single by Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.). Sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) began the inning with a base-hit into right field off of sophomore Luke Weaver but was erased when senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) doubled off the wall in right field and sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) was hit by a pitch before Mitchell tied the contest with a base-knock into center field.  
     
    Young took over for Simpson in the fourth after the right-hander had allowed three hits and one run, with three strikeouts and three walks. Young made quick work of the Seminoles, retiring the side on five pitches.
     
    McGee drew a one-out walk in the fifth and stole second with two down before Young came through with an inning-ending strikeout of Nogowski.
     
    In the sixth, freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) reached on a fielding error by shortstop Alfonzo with one out, ending a stretch of 11 consecutive Gators retired by Weaver. With two down, Bader raced all the way to third base on a failed pickoff attempt by Weaver and Gushue was walked intentionally. The righty struck out Ramjit to keep the contest deadlocked at a run apiece.
     
    Alfonzo walked on a full count with one down in the bottom of the frame, stole second with two down and took third on an errant relay throw by Gushue. Young had Delph ground out to Ramjit at first base to preserve the stalemate.
     
    Sophomore left-hander Bryant Holtmann took over for Weaver after FSU’s starter matched his career high with nine strikeouts and permitted three hits and one run over six innings. Holtmann was able to put the Gators down in order.
     
    Davis led off the Seminoles’ seventh with a single up the middle and Young had Stewart hit into a 6-3 double play and struck out McGee for his fifth K of the night. Florida State wound up with a 7-3 advantage in hits and its bullpen threw three scoreless and hitless frames.
     
    The Share A Little Sunshine Showdown, Florida vs. Florida State Game was presented by Visit Florida. Share a Little Sunshine is Visit Florida’s campaign to encourage all Floridians to invite their friends and families to Florida to boost tourism and help our state’s economy.
     
    The Gators return to SEC play on Friday night with the opener of a three-game series with No. 11 Ole Miss (21-4/3-3 SEC). The game will begin at 7 p.m., be carried live on GatorVision, and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.



    South Carolina Picks Up Win at C of C

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Colby Holmes worked 7.1 innings and allowed just one run on four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and 14th ranked South Carolina scored twice in the first inning on the way to a 3-1 win over College of Charleston on Tuesday evening at Patriots Point. The Gamecocks improve to 19-6 with College of Charleston falling to 13-11 on the year.
     
    Holmes was in control from the opening pitch as he scattered just four hits throughout his outing. His eight strikeouts are the most since he tallied a career-high nine last year in the NCAA Regional vs. Manhattan. Holmes earned the win and is now 2-2 on the year. Both relievers Vince Fiori and Patrick Sullivan struck out both the batters they faced and senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland hurled a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season.
     
    College of Charleston starting pitcher Nathan Helvey lasted only 2.2 innings and suffered the loss. He is now 2-2 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits with no walks or strikeouts.
     
    "Colby and our bullpen were terrific tonight," said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. "We squared a up a lot of balls tonight offensively. It was an important win for us."
     
    Carolina wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. With one out and Chase Vergason on first base, the Gamecocks executed the hit and run as Joey Pankake knocked a base hit through the right side putting runners on the corners. The Gamecocks then kept attacking as LB Dantzler jumped on the first pitch from Helvey for a double to right field scoring Vergason, South Carolina would go ahead 2-0 on a Grayson Greiner RBI groundout to the third baseman.
     
    College of Charleston cut Carolina's lead to one run in the bottom of the third inning. Morgan Phillips drew a leadoff walk. With two outs and Phillips on second base, Tyler Jackson laced a first pitch from Holmes to the gap in right-center for a double and the Cougars' first run of the game.
     
    The Gamecocks manufactured a run in the top of the sixth inning to go ahead 3-1. College of Charleston reliever Drew Freie entered and struggled with his control early as he hit both Max Schrock and Connor Bright to open the frame. The two hit by pitches were the first two of the season for Freie. After a sac bunt by Erik Payne moved up both runners, Dante Rosenberg drove in Schrock with a sac fly to right field.
     
    South Carolina had eight hits with College of Charleston tallying four for the contest. Pankake went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games. Dantzler added two hits, both doubles and a RBI.
     
    The Gamecocks return to action on Thursday night beginning a three-game SEC series with Texas A&M at Carolina Stadium. First pitch for the opener is 7:30 p.m. with the game televised live on ESPNU as the SEC Game of the Week. Dave Neal and Kyle Peterson will have the call. It can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game," with Andy Demetra and Tommy Moody behind the microphone. 



    Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech Cancelled

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Due to near freezing temperatures and snow in Knoxville, the Tennessee baseball team's Tuesday tilt with Tennessee Tech has been cancelled. No make-up date has been announced yet.
     
    Tennessee will return to action this weekend when it travels to Nashville for a three-game series against Vanderbilt, March 29-31.
     
    For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/Baseball, follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter and like the Vols at Facebook.com/VolBaseball. For the latest scheduling updates, fans are encouraged to call the Tennessee Baseball Weather Hotline at (865) 974-5555.



    Auburn Falls at Troy

    TROY, Ala. - A five-run bottom of the fifth and eight unearned runs doomed Auburn as it fell at Troy, 11-2, on Tuesday night at Riddle-Pace Field. The loss dropped Auburn to 15-10 while Troy improved 16-7.
     
    "Give Troy credit, they played extremely well and they did exactly what they needed to do to win," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "They took advantage of a couple of mistakes and they really did a great job tonight. We have to play better defense. We had a chance to get out of an inning and we couldn't handle the ball and consequently put us in real tough spots. This was a poor performance on our side. We have a lot of work to do."
     
    Tied at 2-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth, Troy would use three hits, two walks and an error to score five runs, only one of which was earned. Matthew Howard drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a Garrett Pitts single before a Josh McDorman walk loaded the bases. Ali Knowles then hit a grounder to second baseman Mitchell Self but his thrown to second to start the potential inning-ending double play went wide of Dan Glevenyak, allowing two runs to score to make it 4-2.
     
    Two hitters later Tyler Vaughn singled in a run and put runners on the corners for Logan Pierce, who lofted a ball down the line in left that left fielder Cullen Wacker overran, allowing two more runs in for the 7-2 lead.
     
    Troy starter Ryan Sorce (2-0) went five innings and struck out eight while allowing just two runs (one earned) on six hits without issuing a walk to earn the win. Reliever Nate Hill went four innings and struck out six as Auburn struck out a season-high 14 times. 
     
    Jordan Ebert's second career home run gave Auburn a 1-0 lead in the first. The blast was just the sixth of the year for Auburn and its first since March 8 against Brown.
     
    Troy answered with a two-run bottom half of the first off of Auburn starter Trey Wingenter, collecting back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Howard and Pitts to take a 2-1 lead.
     
    Auburn tied the game at 2-2 in the third when a Wacker sac fly scored Hunter Kelley.
     
    Troy broke open the game with a four-run eighth, scoring four unearned runs on a pair of Auburn errors.
     
    Trey Cochran-Gill (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing all five fifth-inning runs.
     
    Auburn returns home for a three-game series against Alabama, which begins Thursday at 6pm. The series continues at 6pm on Friday and concludes at 3pm on Saturday. Saturday's game will air live on CSS while all three games can be heard on the Auburn Network and its baseball affiliates as well as online at www.auburntigers.com.



    Clemson Downs UGA



    ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs gave up 13 hits and dropped a 9-1 decision to Clemson on Tuesday evening at Foley Field.
     
    Bulldog sophomore Hunter Cole put together his strongest offensive performance of the season after moving from the cleanup position to the two spot in the order, notching three hits and an RBI. Freshman D.J. Smith also recorded a multi-hit game with a double and a base hit while scoring a run.
     
    However, Georgia has now lost nine consecutive games to fall to 8-17 on the season, while Clemson improves to 16-8. Sophomore Luke Crumley took the loss for the Bulldogs after surrendering five hits and five runs through three innings of work.  Clemson starter Matthew Crownover earned the win after giving up just one run and striking out four in five innings.
     
    Clemson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind a two-run homer to right field from Steven Duggar. After a scoreless second inning by both teams, Clemson put up a three spot in the third inning as Jon McGibbon launched a two-out, bases-clearing double to extend the Tigers' lead to 5-0.
     
    "We were looking for a better start, and it didn't happen, but the three runs in the third really was the difference," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We look to be out of that inning still 2-0 and then they get the bases-clearing double. Offensively, we're having a tough time coming through when we have scoring opportunities. We left 10 on tonight. Still, it was good to see Hunter Cole and D.J. Smith swing the bat well and Heath Holder and Jarrett Brown kept them off the scoreboard over the final four innings. We just have to keep fighting through this."
     
    Georgia put two runners on base in the bottom of the third, as Cody Sheedy reached on a walk and Cole singled to left, but the Bulldogs were unable to bring either runner around to score. Patrick Boling took the mound in the fourth to replace Crumley, allowing no runs and just two hits while recording a timely strikeout to end the top half of the frame.  After Georgia was retired in order in the bottom of the fourth, Clemson struck for four more runs in the fifth. The Tigers recorded four straight hits to start the inning, including an RBI single by McGibbon and a fielder's choice RBI by Jay Baum. After Boling struck out a pair of Clemson batters, the Tigers were able to pick up two unearned runs off a Bulldog error to take a 9-0 lead.
     
    Coming in to pinch hit in the bottom of the fifth, Smith recorded his first career double to give the Bulldogs just their second runner in scoring position of the evening. Two batters later, Ward drew a two-out walk and Cole followed with an RBI single to left that plated Smith for Georgia's first run of the game. Heath Holder entered the game in relief for Georgia in the sixth, tying a career-high with two innings pitched while allowing no runs or hits and recording a strikeout.
     
    The Bulldogs had a prime scoring opportunity in the seventh, loading the bases after back-to-back, two-out singles from Walsh and Ward and a walk by Cole. However, a groundout back to the pitcher ended the inning as the Bulldogs stranded all three runners. Sophomore Jarrett Brown took the mound for Georgia in the final two innings, giving up just three hits and no runs.
     
    The Bulldogs will wrap up the two-game series with the Tigers tomorrow when they travel to Clemson, S.C., for a 7:05 p.m. contest. The game will be televised regionally by CSS.



    Alabama Falls to UAB in Hoover



    HOOVER, Ala. - The Alabama baseball team was limited to four hits as the UAB Blazers defeated the Crimson Tide, 1-0, at the Hoover Met on Tuesday night. With the loss, Alabama falls to 16-10 overall, while the Blazers improved to 10-14.
     
    "For whatever reason, in this game we have struggled to score runs and tonight was no different," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I thought the second through the lineup we started having some better at-bats, hit a few balls at them and made they a few plays. We had a shot there with the bases loaded and couldn't get the big hit."
     
    Alabama starter Tucker Hawley (4-2) took the loss after surrendering the game's only run in the third inning. Hawley threw five innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Jay Shaw threw a scoreless inning in relief of Hawley, and Mike Oczypok allowed one hit in two innings to close out the game for Alabama.
     
    "They pitched well, made quality pitches and had a lot of combinations," Gaspard said. "Their guys threw strikes and offensively we couldn't put anything together tonight. We certainly pitched it well enough and made some plays defensively. Oczypok pitched really well in the back of the game. We just couldn't get the hit to start an inning and just couldn't get the big hit."
     
    Blazers starting pitcher Sam Kelley (2-1) earned the win after allowing two hits with a strikeout and two walks in five-plus innings. Jacob German got the last out of the game, retiring the only batter he faced, to record his first save of the season.
     
    For the fourth time this season, Alabama was shutout by its opponent and saw its six-game winning streak come to an end. The four hits from the Tide came from three players, as Ben Moore was 2-for-4 and Georgie Salem and Austen Smith had one hit each.
     
    The Blazers scored the game's only run when John Frost delivered a bases loaded single to center field with one out in the third. Hawley got the next hitter, Tyler Mims, to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, preventing further damage.
     
    Alabama's best opportunity to score came in the sixth when it loaded the bases with one out. After Salem singled to open the inning, Moore's single to left field was misplayed by the UAB left fielder allowing the runner to advance to second and third. Brett Booth was walked intentionally to load the bases for Smith. Reliever Cory Eller struck out Smith swinging then Kyle Overstreet's soft liner to third base ended the threat.
     
    Smith's only hit in the game came with one out in the ninth and pinch-runner Riley Colburn moved up to second on a ground out by Overstreet, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. German entered the game to face designated hitter Cameron Carlisle, who flied out to left field to end the game.
     
    Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action on Thursday with game one of a three-game series against the Auburn Tigers, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. CST, from Plainsman Park. Game two will start at 6 p.m. CST on Friday, and the series wraps up on Sunday with a 3 p.m. CST start. Saturday's game will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Joe Beckwith calling the action.
     
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.



    Texas A&M Takes Care of Business

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three Texas A&M pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout on Tuesday evening as the Aggies cruised to a 7-0 win over UT Arlington on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
     
    After failing to record an out in his last two starts, Rafael Pineda cruised through the first seven innings, facing just 22 batters.
     
    Pineda finally hit a rough patch in the eighth inning, when UT Arlington collected two one-out singles and a hit batsman to load the bases. AJ Minter came in from the bullpen and struck out the only two batters he faced on 11 pitches.
     
    Andrew Vinson worked the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
     
    Pineda (2-2) earned the win, scattering three hits and one hit batsman while striking out three over 7.1 innings.
     
    The Aggies staked claim to an early lead with a run in the home half of the second inning. Troy Stein hit a wall-banger to centerfield for a leadoff triple. After Cole Lankford reached base when the Mavericks’ catcher was unable to corral the third strike, Mitchell Nau knocked Stein home with a grounder that was mishandled by UTA’s shortstop.
     
    The Maroon and White mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. After Charlie Curl and Mikey Reynolds were retired, Krey Bratsen chopped a ball over the third baseman’s head and down the leftfield line for a double and Blake Allemand and Stein were issued walks to load the bases. Lankford smacked a single back up the middle to drive in Bratsen and Allemand for the 3-0 lead.
     
    Daniel Mengden tattooed the first pitch of the fourth inning for a solo home run over the leftfield fence, inflating the Aggies’ cushion to 4-0.
     
    Texas A&M (18-8) scored a pair of runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-0. Brandon Wood reached on a throwing error by the Mavericks’ third baseman and Curl singled to the gap in left centerfield. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. Reynolds knocked in Wood with a grounder back to the pitcher and Bratsen drove Curl home with an infield single.
     
    Curl tacked on the last run of the game, hitting a leadoff dinger over the leftfield fence for the 7-0 margin.
     
    Keegan Hucul (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mavericks. He yielded four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over 4.0 innings.
     
    Curl went 2-for-3 with two runs, one home run and one RBI. Bratsen went 2-for-5 with one double, one run, one stolen base and one RBI.
     
    J. M. Twichell logged two of UT Arlington’s four hits.
     
    The Aggies return to action Thursday when they head to the Palmetto State for a three-game series against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Thursday night game is slated for 6:30 pm Central on ESPNU.



    LSU Downs Tulane in Eight Innings

    NEW ORLEANS, La. – Shortstop Alex Bregman (4-for-4) recorded his fifth straight three-hit game as No. 2 LSU (23-2) battered Tulane (14-13) by a score of 14-1 in eight innings Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium.
     
    The game was called due to mercy rule after the eighth inning. 
     
    LSU right-hander Russell Reynolds (1-0) was nearly untouchable in seven innings of work, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.
     
    Tulane starter Brady Wilson (1-1) suffered the defeat, allowing seven runs (four earned) on six hits in 1.1 innings of work. 



    Mississippi State Picks Up 13-5 Win Over AP

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior DH Trey Porter drove in a career-most three runs and belted his first home run of the season Tuesday night to lead No. 16 Mississippi State (22-6) to a 13-5 win over Austin Peay (19-5) at Dudy Noble Field.
    The Bulldogs resume league play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 11 Arkansas (18-7, 4-2 SEC).
     
    After APSU sprinted to an early 2-0 lead, Porter gave the Bulldogs their first advantage of the night at 4-2 with his two-run shot in the bottom of the first. He singled in another run during a three-run seventh inning State surge. With the score knotted at 5-5 in the seventh, State sent eight to the plate to take an 8-5 lead in the frame and then salted the game away an inning later with a five-run burst. Nick Ammirati’s two-run single capped the night’s scoring.
     
    Freshman Myles Gentry (3-0), the last of four Bulldog pitchers in the game, blanked the Governors with one-hit pitching over the final 2.2 innings to earn the win. Starter Will Cox was charged with four runs before leaving the game an out deep into the second inning. Another sophomore, Ross Mitchell, kept APSU hitters at bay through the sixth before Chad Girodo and Gentry finished the game for State.
     
    C.T. Bradford and Brett Pirtle joined Porter with two-hit games while Ammirati matched Porter’s three-RBI performance. Wes Rea also finished the night with a multi-RBI showing. Hunter Renfroe extended his career-longest and team season-best 13-game hitting streak with a double in the third inning while Adam Frazier doubled to open the game and now has hits in 25 of 28 games.
     
    APSU lead-off hitter Rolando Gautier paced the Governors’ nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 performance.
     
    Hunter Lindley (0-1), the sixth of nine pitchers used by Austin Peay, took the loss. The Governor moundsmen gave up 11 hits and combined for 11 walks, with six of those free passes eventually touching home.
     
    The Bulldogs played their 13th error-free game and turned their NCAA-leading 39th double play.